Organ transplant among minorities: How we can reduce the need and improve access

Racial and ethnic minorities are at higher risk for kidney disease and kidney failure, but kidney transplant, the best treatment for kidney failure, is not as easy for minorities to access. This is, in part, because there is a shortage of organ donors with minority backgrounds.

Dr. Clive O. Callender, founder of National Minority Donor Awareness Week and the Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP), will be here to talk to you about:

  • Health disparities (differences between communities) in the area of transplant, and our progress in eliminating them
  • The steps we need to take to eliminate health disparities 
  • The ways education among minority and majority communities can help to eliminate disparities.

Please note that certificates of attendance are available only to health professionals who attend the live airing of the webinar.

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Clive Callender

Clive O. Callender

Dr. Clive O. Callender is a Professor of Surgery at Howard University College of Medicine and founder of both National Minority Donor Awareness Week and the National Minority Organ/Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP). In 1973, Dr. Callender helped develop the first minority-directed dialysis and transplant center in the United States. Throughout the 1980s, Dr. Callender worked to increase the number of African-Americans signing up to be organ donors, as well as to increase the number of African-Americans who were aware of transplant as a successful treatment option. Building on this work, he founded MOTTEP, an education program that helped to double the organ donation rates among minorities in less than 20 years. MOTTEP is now celebrating its 25th year of educating communities and saving lives through organ/tissue donation and transplantation.